School Details

West Decatur Elementary School

708 Memorial Dr SW, Decatur, AL 35601
(256) 552-3027
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 297 students 12 students/teacher (AL avg is 16)

Test Scores by grade

86%
87%
85%
71%
87%
88%

Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT)

In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2012
  • Decatur City School District average
  • Alabama state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

91%
91%
85%
76%
89%
88%

Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT)

In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2012
  • Decatur City School District average
  • Alabama state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

84%
92%
91%
82%
88%
89%

Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT)

In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
45%
76%
80%

Alabama Science Assessment (ASA)

In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Science Assessment (ASA) to test students in grades 5 and 7 in science. The ASA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 3.
  • This school in 2012
  • Decatur City School District average
  • Alabama state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

West Decatur Elementary School is a public elementary school in Decatur. The principal of West Decatur Elementary School is Miss Datie I Priest, whose e-mail is Datie.Priest@dcs.edu. 297 children attend West Decatur Elementary School and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 83% of the 297 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at West Decatur Elementary School is 12:1. Banks-Caddell Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 46% 33%
Hispanic 42% 16%
White, non-Hispanic 12% 49%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 83% 52%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    This has got to be one of the worst schools in Decatur. My son was bullied there almost daily. Some of the teachers are very concerned about the students and are wonderful. I used to volunteer my time there but I dont believe I was welcomed all the time. All I can say is I am so glad that I moved.

  • (2 years ago)

    I attended this school in the late 80's early 90's. From 3rd to 5th grades. From experiance i still have not properly graspped (basic) math. WHY? Because in third grade knowone paid attention enough to realise i had ADHD. Thankfully i just picked up on reading from a quick thinking teacher and some extra time at a school I attendended just prior to West Decatur. The environment in the classroom was stressful and I was unvoluntarilly called to the board on many occasions. It was harrassment i felt i was being made an example of and it reached it's boiling point when i refused to work it out at the board because i didn't know how. The teacher asked me in front on the class "Did you leave your brain at home with your lunch" snickers came from all my classmates and this gave them ammunition. Yes i was not eating in the cafeteria but in my house because of bullying that was already going on.

  • (8 years ago)

    West Decatur has gone through lots of changes over the years. Thankfully those changes were for the better. Teachers are totally dedicated to their students. Test scores have improved tremenduously. West Decatur has a population of non english speaking students whom they work with daily. These students are happy and well adjusted. This is possible because of the dedicated staff at the school. The school provides a family friendly environment which makes a huge difference in your child's education.

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